October 23, 2013, 10:46 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- British artists Stanley Spencer's poignant memories of war are leaving their permanent home at the National Trust's Sandham Memorial Chapel to be exhibited at Somerset House next month. This exhibition marks the National Trust's first major art exhibition in London for 18 years. Stanley Spencer: Heaven In A Hell Of War opens at Somerset House on 7th November and runs until 26th January 2014. Somerset House is a grand house located on the Thames by Waterloo Bridge. It is within a short distance of numerous London hotels and tourists looking for hotel rooms in London should visit LondonTown.com, which offers the latest and best deals on rooms in the capital.
The exhibition is part of many events scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. It will a series of large scale canvas panels from one of the most original and acclaimed British painters of the 20th century. They are usually on display at a chapel that was built to house the products of Spencer's artistic genius. Spencer painted scenes of his own wartime experiences, as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier, also on the Salonika front. His recollections, painted entirely from memory, focus on the domestic rather than combative and evoke everyday experience Ė washing lockers, inspecting kit, sorting laundry, scrubbing floors and taking tea Ė in which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance.
Peppered with personal and unexpected details, they combine the realism of everyday life with dreamlike visions drawn from his imagination. They describe the banal daily life that, to those from the battlefield, represented a Ďheaven in a hell of war.' For Spencer, the menial became the miraculous; a form of reconciliation. The paintings, which took six years to create and were completed in 1932, are considered by many to be the artist's finest achievement. As well as being one of Britain's most important war artists, Spencer was a key figure in the development of figurative art in 20th century Britain and this exhibition provides an opportunity to look up close at his accomplished paintwork, sensitive use of colour, and masterly still-life. For more about this and other exhibitions in London, see LondonTown.com, the city's most reliable source for information about events and exhibitions in the capital.
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